Toronto lawyer Jane Fairburn has for many years lived at or near the north shore of Lake Ontario. She is deeply connected to the ecology, history, and landscape of the Toronto waterfront.
A close, intense, and unanticipated encounter with the Lake cemented this relationship and set her on a journey of discovery — a journey that continues to this day.
Some fourteen years ago, Jane slipped on the ice near the top of the Scarborough Bluffs and hurtled down a slope aptly known as Killer Hill. Stranded on the hillside some two hundred and fifty feet above the water’s edge, she had a rare opportunity to contemplate the Lake that she loved so much. Read more
PRE-PUBLICATION PRAISE FOR Along the Shore
“Toronto was born on the waterfront. Since the dawn of aboriginal time it has been a place of natural abundance, human settlement, economic opportunity, and spiritual significance. There is something special about places where land meets water. Great waterfront cities around the world experience a profound yet exciting interplay between nature and culture which gives each of them a unique historical narrative.
With this in mind, Jane Fairburn has produced an extraordinary account of Toronto’s waterfront experience. Creatively drawing from new primary research and the gleanings of oral tradition, she has provided us with an accessible, informative, and compelling story which not only reconnects us to our shared waterfront heritage but prompts us to re-imagine its future possibilities.”
— David Crombie, former Mayor of Toronto
FROM Along the Shore
“I was breathing to the east and I could see traces of light, streaks of light at first, in the sky … gradually I could see more light, more light, and that’s when I realized, “Oh, my God, the night is almost over, I’ve swum all night! … and I’ve never ever forgotten the joy that I felt at that particular time, it was just so beautiful …”
― Marilyn Bell De Lascio, speaking of her historic swim across Lake Ontario
“… and again, it was the Lake that pulled us together”.
― Norman Jewison, Film Director, Producer, and founder of the Canadian Film Centre